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1. Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park

Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park

1,081 km
from city center
1 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Named after two of its highest peaks- Lak and Lam Ru; the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park is located to the immediate south of Hat Khao Lak in the province of Phang Nga in Thailand and is home to numerous species of plants, birds, animals, and marine life. Spread over 125 square kilometres, the Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park is a beautiful amalgamation of sea cliffs, beaches, hills, dome-shaped granite mountains from the Cretaceous period and also tropical evergreen forests.

2. Surin Islands

Surin Islands

93 km
from city center
2 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Situated around 60 Km west off the coast of Khao Lak, and oiginally a part of the Mu Ko Surin National Park, the Surin Islands comprises of a group of Five Islands. These islands are namely Ko Surin Nuea, Ko Surin Tai, Ko Ri, Ko Kai and Ko Klang. Known for dense forests with beaches surrounded by corals, Surin Islands is most visited by snorkelers, nature lovers, and wildlife photographers hoping to indulge in diving, snorkelling game fishing, and hiking. Lacking development, it is also a haven for people looking for a quiet refuge.

3. Bang Niang Beach

Bang Niang Beach

5 km
from city center
3 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Bang Niang Beach is a quiet beach that is excellent for people who aspire to get in touch with nature. Located to the north of Nang Thong on Khao Lak, it has been one of the most popular destinations for backpackers. Bang Niang is known for simple activities and blissful surroundings with the calm, warm waters of the Andaman Sea touching the beachfront.

4. Similan Islands

Similan Islands

67 km
from city center
4 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Similan Islands is an archipelago of 9 small islands which has Malay roots. The Similan islands national park is a UNESCO World heritage site. These are one of Thailand's most stunning places with beautiful marine life underwater and also great birds in the air. There are splendidly pictursque white sand beaches with pristine blue waters. The islands also have many hiking trails for the adventurous soul.

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5. Diving in Khao Lak

Diving in Khao Lak

5 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

It isn't a surprise that Scuba Diving in Khao Lak and the surrounding regions is becoming quite a rage. As other prime diving locations in Thailand become more crowded, unexplored and offbeat ones such as Khao Lak rise in demand as a prime base for underwater sports.

Khao Lak lies just opposite to Similan Island, which is a world-famous destination for scuba diving. Apart from Similan & Surin Islands, several more sites exist in the region that are famous for their marine life.

6. Nang Thong Beach

Nang Thong Beach

7 km
from city center
6 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Located in the larger area of Khao Lak, Nang Thong Beach is located close to the village of La On. It is the most popular destination in Phang Nga Province of Thailand. Although it spans just two kilometres, this strip is packed with restaurants, bars, diving centres, and plenty of activities. It may be just 80 kilometres from Phuket, but it offers an entirely different experience. While Phuket is full of energy and adrenaline, Nang Thong Beach is far more relaxed. While Phuket has become highly commercial, Nang Thong Beach continues to retain some of its rustic charm. If you’re keen on seeing Thailand without its notorious crowds, this is definitely the place to be.

7. Snorkelling in Khao Lak

Snorkelling in Khao Lak

7 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

While many people are naturally drawn to Phuket, Khao Lak can be a comparatively more organic substitute. Khao Lak is a small coastal town located about an hour away from Phuket. From the lush greenery on the beautiful Andaman coast to colourful corals in crystal clear water, Khao Lak in Thailand is not short in natural wonders.

8. Ton Chong Fa Waterfall

Ton Chong Fa Waterfall
4.2 /5

6 km
from city center
8 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Enveloped by beautiful countryside and the mountains, Tong Chong Fa Waterfall is located within the Khao Sok National Park. Renowned as the “Free Natural Showers,” Tong Chong Fa Waterfall is a stunning waterfall with multiple swimming pools, perfect for taking a break from the summer heat and going swimming.

9. Khao Lak Sunset Beach

Khao Lak Sunset Beach
3.8 /5

8 km
from city center
9 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Ideal place to enjoy a romantic walk on the beach

10. International Tsunami Museum

International Tsunami Museum
4.3 /5

4 km
from city center
10 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

From destruction emerges creation

11. Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival
3.7 /5

6 km
from city center
11 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

The Vegetarian festival is an annual festival celebrated in towns where people of Chinese origin reside. People dress up in white throughout the festival with many of them piercing or self-mutilating themselves and walking on sharp or dangerous objects which can be pain-inflicting. The Vegetarian festival origins are based on a group of Chinese opera performers having visited the island. It was said that they fell extremely ill following which they resorted to a strict vegetarian diet. They also offered prayers to the Nine Emperor Gods after which they recovered completely. This was deemed to a miracle and work of the heavens. Upon their survival, the overjoyed travellers started holding a festival in honour of the gods.

12. Scuba and Snorkeling

Scuba and Snorkeling
4.5 /5

7 km
from city center
12 out of 12
places to visit in Khao Lak

Underwater Adventure Time

FAQs on Khao Lak

How can I commute within Khao lak?

The best way to get around in Khao Lak is on foot. Short distances may be covered on bicycles or motorbikes. Songathews run for short distances as with most places in Thailand. Taxis may be hired for long distances or getting out of town.
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What are the top sightseeing places in Khao lak?

The top sightseeing places in Khao lak are Khao Lak Lam Ru National Park, Surin Islands, Similan Islands, Diving in Khao Lak, Nang Thong Beach, Snorkelling in Khao Lak.
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